“You look so fat”

– Greg Sutton, ETA in Gondanglegi, East Java – That’s exactly how my colleague says it, too: “You look so fat,” as she laughs, pointing to her belly area. No kidding, I look fat. People have been feeding me four to five meals a day since I got here a month ago. I’ve been finishing every…

Jam Karet: Being On Time in Indonesia

– By Elena Dietz, ETA in Malang, East Java – I looked down at my watch. It was 9:15 am. “We were supposed to leave over an hour ago…” I thought to myself. It was a Friday morning, and I had left one of my classes early to go to the immigration office with one of…

When two seasons of love overlap

– By Ian Morse, ETA in Gorontalo, Sulawesi – It’s dark, and dozens of people line the rows of plastic chairs. Suddenly, a man two rows up flinches. He slaps his neck. He swats his ear. He ruffles his hair then gives a good shudder. The woman next to him doesn’t bother looking up from…